The 37th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday!

Mon - Wed, Oct 23 - 25 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL

The 37th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday!

Mon - Wed, Oct 23 - 25 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


PHOTO BY ALAN DEAN PHOTOGRAPHY

“an exciting and imaginative composer” 

New York Concert Review

Canadian music and composers take center stage for this year’s festival celebrating the 150th birthday of Canada! The featured composer is Kelly-Marie Murphy based out of Ottawa, Ontario. Murphy has created music that is “a pulse-pounding barrage on the senses” (The Globe and Mail) for leading Canadian performers and ensembles including the Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the Cecilia and Afiara String Quartets, the Gryphon Trio, James Campbell, Shauna Rolston and Judy Loman. Her music is performed around the world and has been broadcast on the radio in over 22 countries. JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Murphy’s music, the music of Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum, and other Canadian contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival. The festival also features a recital by vocalist Alexandra Smither, the winner of the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • The female a cappella quintet Nobuntu will perform traditional Zimbabwean songs, Afro-jazz, and gospel music!



  • Catalyst Quartet will be "nothing short of fantastic." (Lincoln Journal Star)



  • "Rock stars of the percussion world," So Percussion is pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture.


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